For residents living in arid locations, like Phoenix, Houston, or Miami, the water conservation efforts are getting tiresome. As the weather continues to deny certain dry areas critical water needed to maintain a healthy environment, residents are quickly growing tired of going out of their way to conserve water.

It’s necessary, of course, but one might wonder if certain residents are considering relocating.

The question facing cities is whether people will continue to make sacrifices and change habits to conserve water through this winter and beyond. Water conservation has to become the norm . . . say environmental experts. Droughts are forecast to be more common than rare in coming years.

Drought is the new normal, said Mark Lubell, a University of California, Davis, professor of environmental science and policy.